Axel is a young man of approximately 1,85m height with short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He has a small gap in his right eyebrow. He is very muscular and well-trained because of his Jo-Lan training. His jumpsuit in season 1 is black with orange and white details. In season 2 he wears a similar suit with more white and orange parts on the jacket.
His casual wear consists of a black T-shirt with orange details, a white long-sleeve underneath and blue jeans with black and white sneakers. He is sometimes seen wearing a red top with a white T-shirt underneath, white wristbands and blue jeans.
As the leader of the team Axel is courageous and good at coming up with battle strategies. While he is sometimes closed up and thoughtful he can be quite a hot-head, too, ignoring any reason and acting in an irresponsible and hasty fashion, especially when his father is mentioned.
He is very loyal towards his friends and feels guilty if he puts them in any kind of danger. He has a good knowledge of people and knows when to be critical towards the people he does not know. He does not talk very much about his past, but often mentions his father. There is no mentioning of any extended family.
When someone who he trusts betrays him (e.g. Lee in seaon 2 ), he finds it hard to forgive. He is constantly thriving to become better at Jo-Lan, although he has already surpassed his father's skills by the end of season 2. Also, he is very modest and never shows off with his martial art skills.
Sebastian Manning - Axel's father who presumably died in an explosion when Axel was eight years old. They had a very strong father and son relationship and Sebastian taught him everything he knows about Jo-Lan. Axel admired him deeply. After his death Axel was devastated and unable to move on, haunted by the incident. He is still searching for his father after all these years, now that he got a hint that Sebastian may not be dead after all.
King - He is the closest friend Axel has on the team. Their brotherly relationship often surfaces in difficult situations. Whenever something troubles Axel, King is the person most likely he will go and talk to.
Axel and Lioness in "Survival Skills" (Season 2 - Ep 19)
Lioness - She is very dear to him as he is often seen rescuing her from dangerous situations. She is a great support for him and would comfort him when he feels down. He is most likely in love with her, although it is never clearly stated in the show. There are many hints, though, such as occasionally holding hands, hugging and always staying close to one another.
Shark - He never openly shows his concern for Axel, but will always try to cheer him up with his laid-back attitude. Axel gets along with him very well and trusts him a lot, even going so far as to transfer the leadership onto him when he is unable to do it himself (cf. "The Big Sleep" - season 1, episode 22).
Hawk - Axel has great faith in him whenever he is certain that a task within his capability, because Hawk tends to act irresponsibly and often gets distracted by himself or a pretty woman. Their relationship is based on the companionship in the team and Hawk is not the person Axel would consult with if anything is troubling him.
Axel has been trained in the ancient martial arts called Jo-Lan by his father. After his father's supposed Axel trained on his own. In the beginning of the series Axel is able to use energy waves to blast away his enemies. His spiritual power would become visible in his eyes in the colour of light-blue.
During season 1 his main attacks are:
- Jo-Lan Choubatsu (meaning Jo-Lan Super Strike) - as the name suggests he releases an energy wave from the palms to blast his enemy away.
- Uzumaki Jo-Lan Kick (meaning Whirlpool Jo-Lan Kick) - a spinning kick.
At the end of season 1 Axel reaches the next level of Jo-Lan. His spiritual energy turns red and resembles lightnings. He uses a technique called Super Jo-Lan, which is a blast 10 times stronger than his usual energy waves, to defeat Paine. In season 2 Axel continues using this elevated level of Jo-Lan and comes up with a new technique, called:
- Jo-Lan Ryuuseiken (meaning Jo-Lan Dragon Spirit Fist) - a spinning uppercut.
At the end of season 2 Axel achieves the next level, which allows him to teleport and shoot energy bombs out of his palms.
Apparently there are even more levels that a Jo-Lan warrior can reach and allow him to move objects with his mind and create a shield around himself.
Axel also excels at driving any kind of vehicle. He's also very good at any sort of sports being physically well-trained.